VANCOUVER, May 5, 2009 – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the injury to “Munchkin”, a beloved family five year old Shih Tzu, according to HSC Western Regional Director Al Hickey.
On Sunday April 19, 2009 around 9 am “Munchkin” was playing outside near his home at 4th & 4th St West in the small town of Wilkie, Saskatchewan located 140 km West of Saskatoon when he went missing. At 11 am he was found outside his home in obvious distress suffering from a horrific eye injury.
Due to the severity of the injury, “Muchkin’s” veterinarian concluded that the only course of action was to remove the damaged eye. Due to the lack of bite marks or other injuries besides bruising around the eye, common mishaps such as a fight between animals or being struck by a car seem unlikely explanations of this injury. “In fact, sadly, our suspicion is that the injury may be the result of malicious, human intent,” says Hickey.
The HSC Chairman & CEO O’Sullivan warns: “There is a link between cruelty to animals and violence against people. The cycle of violence it seems is continuous.”
According to his family Munchkin has been so traumatized by the injury that he no longer plays in his own back yard. Instead, he seems afraid to leave the safety of the deck and is unwilling to venture out onto the grass.
O’Sullivan, whose family shares their home with dogs and cats, wants to remind people that for everyone’s sake they need to keep their pets under strict supervision at all times. “Our four legged friends depend on us for their well being and regrettably, that includes protecting them from those who would do them harm,” he said.
“Cruelty to animals is a criminal offence,” says O’Sullivan. “Recent changes to the Canadian Criminal Code mean that offenders face maximum penalties of up to 5 years in prison for indictable offences and for summary convictions - fines of up to $10,000 and up to eighteen months in jail. In addition to the criminal record and fines, the person convicted can also be prohibited from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for any period that the court considers appropriate but, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a minimum of five years. Damages may be awarded by the court to the person or organization that had to pay for the care of the animal as a result of the offence.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RCMP Wilkie Community detachment at (306) 843-3480 or The Humane Society of Canada at 416-368-0405.
Anyone who would like to donate to The Humane Society of Canada’s Victims of Cruelty Reward Program to help solve crimes against animals and nature can contact the organization at 1-800-641-5463 or through their website at www.humanesociety.com
CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.
A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]
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